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house Bill H.R. 598

Creating a Catalogue of All Federal Programs and How They Spend Your Tax Dollars

Argument in favor

Taxpayers deserve to know how federal agencies spend their money. These reports would give the public more insight into how federal programs are run

BTSundra's Opinion
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01/12/2016
It's our money, and we have a should right to know where it goes. The concept of tax is to "invest" in the government, and it will assist with protection and services. Seeing as many of our dollars underwrite welfare and other programs, the least they could do is tell us where it's going.
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Loraki's Opinion
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08/28/2016
Hooray for Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)! It's always refreshing to see that SOMEONE in the federal government remembers that they're spending OUR hard-earned dollars on OUR federal government! He apparently also realizes that it is in keeping with the highest ideals envisioned by our wise founding fathers that We the People not be ignorant of where our money is going or WHY it is going "there"! The more people who get involved with what goes on in the federal (also state and local) government, the better off we are likely to be. Ignorance, apathy, and complacency are some of FREEDOM's greatest enemies! They're partly why we now have social engineers indoctrinating our children, our military, and society in general with Communist/globalist/atheist ideologies. It also is what has facilitated the infiltration of our nation by Islamic supremacists. We have brains; let's USE them! Nor are we robots, programmed by our masters. We need not simply wring our hands and assume we are powerless to do anything about the corruption, waste, and outright TREASON that goes on in OUR government(s)! It's time for the people of this (once) great nation to also remember that ALL of the blessings we have hitherto enjoyed come from our Creator! We have been bullied, cajoled and coerced into removing God from nearly every public institution and gathering! “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” ‭‭(Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) “Your iniquities have turned these things away, And your sins have withheld good from you.” ‭‭(Jeremiah‬ ‭5:25‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) “Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.” (Proverbs‬ ‭3:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) LET US ONCE AGAIN BE "ONE NATION UNDER GOD", AND HE WILL AGAIN POUR OUT HIS BLESSINGS WITHOUT NUMBER UPON THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! To those of you who would cry "separation of church and state," you show your ignorance of our Constitution and our history! You have swallowed the deceptions of the very Communists, atheists, globalists, and other elements of our society who would like to take God's place and exercise dominion over us. The Constitution merely provides insurance that the government shall not elevate ONE set of beliefs and impose it upon those who ascribe to a DIFFERENT set of beliefs. What has transpired, however, is that our government has virtually succeeded in elevating atheism and is actively endeavoring to suppress all expressions of our Judeo-Christian heritage, beliefs, and values! THIS MUST STOP, OR WE WILL END UP LIKE NORTH KOREA, CHINA OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY UNDER THE BOOT OF A DICTATOR!
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operaman's Opinion
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01/11/2016
Great idea. But is it feasible? Can't believe my Federal Government would want me looking under the hood of a private slush fund. But still thinking as a citizen this project would be a valuable project to get those nutrient sucking weeds out of our garden.
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Argument opposed

Increasing federal agency reporting requirements will burden them with more work and take resources away from administering the programs they report on.

Steven's Opinion
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01/16/2016
Maybe do some research to see if this is already exist, before wasting taxpayer time and money re-inventing the wheel!
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David's Opinion
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01/15/2016
There is already documentation on the agencies and how they spend money and by program what they accomplish. This bill is redundant, unnecessary, and a waste of time and money. It says more about the ignorance of the author than any benefit it would produce.
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Talbot's Opinion
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01/13/2016
SOUNDS GOOD ON PAPER BUT TOO HARD TO IMPLEMENT
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What is House Bill H.R. 598?

This bill would require the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to publish a list of federal programs on its website every year. The lists would include whether each of those programs has an application process, awards funding on a competitive basis, and which activities are identified in budget requests.

For each federal program on the list, the OMB must list:

  • The law that authorizes the program and its regulations;

  • An estimate of the number of people served by the program through grants or other financial assistance;

  • The number of full-time employees who administer the program;

  • Links to evaluations, assessments, and/or program performance reviews by the agency, an Inspector General, or the Government Accountability Office (GAO) from the last five years;

  • All financial information that must be reported under federal transparency laws.

The OMB would have to post the total number of un-disbursed grant funding in grant accounts that have expired, and prescribe other regulations needed to implement this Act.

Impact

The general public, federal program administrators, federal agencies, their employees, the people they serve, and the OMB.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 598

$82.00 Million
The CBO estimates that this bill would cost $82 million over the 2016-2020 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) introduced this bill to give taxpayers a more insight into how the federal government spends their money — and increase accountability for federal agencies:
"The American people deserve to know how their hard-earned tax dollars are spent, and the federal government should be accountable for its spending. It's no secret the federal government is cluttered with wasteful and duplicative programs, and this bipartisan bill will help identify the outdated programs that should be streamlined or eliminated to save taxpayer money."

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed this bill by voice vote, and the legislation currently has 10 cosponsors including two Democrats and eight Republicans. A previous version of this legislation passed the House in February 2014, but did not receive a vote in the Senate.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user gosheshe)

AKA

Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act

Official Title

To provide taxpayers with an annual report disclosing the cost and performance of Government programs and areas of duplication among them, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed January 11th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 413 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedJanuary 28th, 2015

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    It's our money, and we have a should right to know where it goes. The concept of tax is to "invest" in the government, and it will assist with protection and services. Seeing as many of our dollars underwrite welfare and other programs, the least they could do is tell us where it's going.
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    Maybe do some research to see if this is already exist, before wasting taxpayer time and money re-inventing the wheel!
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    Hooray for Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)! It's always refreshing to see that SOMEONE in the federal government remembers that they're spending OUR hard-earned dollars on OUR federal government! He apparently also realizes that it is in keeping with the highest ideals envisioned by our wise founding fathers that We the People not be ignorant of where our money is going or WHY it is going "there"! The more people who get involved with what goes on in the federal (also state and local) government, the better off we are likely to be. Ignorance, apathy, and complacency are some of FREEDOM's greatest enemies! They're partly why we now have social engineers indoctrinating our children, our military, and society in general with Communist/globalist/atheist ideologies. It also is what has facilitated the infiltration of our nation by Islamic supremacists. We have brains; let's USE them! Nor are we robots, programmed by our masters. We need not simply wring our hands and assume we are powerless to do anything about the corruption, waste, and outright TREASON that goes on in OUR government(s)! It's time for the people of this (once) great nation to also remember that ALL of the blessings we have hitherto enjoyed come from our Creator! We have been bullied, cajoled and coerced into removing God from nearly every public institution and gathering! “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” ‭‭(Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) “Your iniquities have turned these things away, And your sins have withheld good from you.” ‭‭(Jeremiah‬ ‭5:25‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) “Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.” (Proverbs‬ ‭3:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) LET US ONCE AGAIN BE "ONE NATION UNDER GOD", AND HE WILL AGAIN POUR OUT HIS BLESSINGS WITHOUT NUMBER UPON THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! To those of you who would cry "separation of church and state," you show your ignorance of our Constitution and our history! You have swallowed the deceptions of the very Communists, atheists, globalists, and other elements of our society who would like to take God's place and exercise dominion over us. The Constitution merely provides insurance that the government shall not elevate ONE set of beliefs and impose it upon those who ascribe to a DIFFERENT set of beliefs. What has transpired, however, is that our government has virtually succeeded in elevating atheism and is actively endeavoring to suppress all expressions of our Judeo-Christian heritage, beliefs, and values! THIS MUST STOP, OR WE WILL END UP LIKE NORTH KOREA, CHINA OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY UNDER THE BOOT OF A DICTATOR!
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    Great idea. But is it feasible? Can't believe my Federal Government would want me looking under the hood of a private slush fund. But still thinking as a citizen this project would be a valuable project to get those nutrient sucking weeds out of our garden.
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    Taxpayers that are interested in knowing how tax dollars are spent, should be able to request a report outlining all programs that are being funded.
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    Increased transparency holds legislators accountable and allows for a more informed public.
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    Informed citizens are good for society(???????)
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    There is already documentation on the agencies and how they spend money and by program what they accomplish. This bill is redundant, unnecessary, and a waste of time and money. It says more about the ignorance of the author than any benefit it would produce.
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    It's MY money, they are my employees. It is my right to know how they are spending it.
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    SOUNDS GOOD ON PAPER BUT TOO HARD TO IMPLEMENT
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    This is the best idea ever!
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    Why not?
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    This is already handled by & budgeted for through the GAO (Government Accountability Office) -- an independent, nonpartisan agency. So this begs the question: why is the House spending political capital & passing legislation that duplicates another agency's function & responsibility?
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    The fact that our government doesn't know this information already tells me that I can't trust the government to get this right either. I've changed my mind though. If it's not something they are doing, they need to start.
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    Oh...poor federal government cubical workers may have to work a little harder and that may take away from all the wonderful work they're currently doing? SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT IDEA!!!
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    This should already be in place for all to view, as long as you a us citizen and start and account, user id.
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    The people need o know what the government is doing.
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    Although there is already a way to checking how tax dollars are spent, we need a better way. We need to implement a simple and clear way to find out how the government is spending the money it stole from us.
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    Taxpayers deserve to know how the government spends the money they use to maintain or country.
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    That's finance and project management 101
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